Shobshomabesh in front of BGMEA building

Shobshomabesh in front of BGMEA building

© Zaid Islam

DHAKA 29 NOV 2012: Activists staged a Shobshomabesh (procession of dead bodies) wearing white kafon cloth, disguised as 113 corpses, lying down in peaceful gathering in front of BGMEA building in Karwanbazar, protesting the deaths of garment workers in last week’s factory fire.

(Banner on building reads: পোশাক শিল্পীদের গানের প্রতিযোগিতা । গাও প্রাণ খুলে গাও । Singing Competition for Garmet Workers. Sing, sing with your life.)

Kakababu choley gelen: Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934-2012)

Late Sunil Gangopadhyay with late Humayun Ahmed.
Source: Nuhospolli blog

Kakababu choley gelen
by Udayan Chattopadhyay

That the passing of Sunil Gangopadhyay came as a shock to many – despite his age and health – is a reflection of his being, till his last Puja season during which he died – the most prolific and recognizable mainstream writer in post-1947 Indian Bengal.

I will not dwell on literary critiques; I am not qualified. While, like most NRI-kids, I was very much aware of who he was growing up (our parents would always pass around his latest book after a trip to Calcutta) I was hardly able to delve into his tomes. In that I shared a disconnect with an increasing number of middle class Calcutta kids more proficient (at least reading) in English and even Hindi than in their parents’ tongue. I saw the films and serials people like Satyajit made from his works, and as English-translations started becoming available, I trawled through his seminal works such as Purba Paschim, Shei Shomoy and Prothom Alo. But that doesn’t form the basis of my bond.
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Nafis: Terrorist Mastermind or Witless Patsy?

Nafis father crying and showing photo of his son. Photo: A.M. Ahad / AP

Blogger Rumi (a successful medical doctor in US who came here on a student visa in the 1980s): “The outrageous, inexcusable act of The Bangladeshi Student, facilitated and influenced by an FBI undercover agent, has claimed it’s first victim – the student visa system.”
Student visas concern after terror plot
Grand Jury to be convened

Source: bdnews24

Nafis was allegedly planning something for which he will go to jail for life. But, how far would he have actually got without help from the FBI? Below are some discussions in US blogosphere about this topic.

From comments section on ATLANTIC:

Chuñdy: No one is arguing that he shouldn’t face serious jail time. We are questioning whether the FBl and the media should be portraying this 21-year-old doofus as a terrorist mastermind. They caught a gullible wannabe jihadist who couldn’t tell the difference between an inert bomb and a real bomb. Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

Mark Holland A man who can be so easily compelled to mass murder is a real threat. On the other hand, people in the FBI are ordinary and thus more concerned with personal goals than abstractions. This case will make a lot of people at FBI very famous and later, very wealthy. I have zero pity for the kid and few illusions about the “public” sector.
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The Raja Bazaar murder: M K Alamgir Delivers — but what?

The gruesome murder of TV journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi will be considered, undoubtedly, as one of the most sensational crimes in history of Bangladesh. Since that gruesome death at their Raja Bazaar apartment ten months ago, Government’s role in investigation of the murder was very questionable if not suspicious. While PM made her now infamous comment “We can not guard every bedroom“, home Minister, Police Chief, Police high ups, and RAB’s blabbermouth Commander Sohail — all made promises to apprehend the criminals within the next 48 hours and then for some unclear reason backed off from the promises and remained silent.

So our new Home Minister took charge and declared that  Sagar-Runi case may be unearthed by Oct 10. After the declaration he spent time doing this

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No Dogs or Drivers Allowed – The Bangla Raj

Railway scandal driver, Azam Khan’s interview with RTV video

Listening to it, I see three possibile motives behind his actions as he describes them:

  • he is very brave
  • he is very stupid
  • he is getting backing from other factions of AL or from opposition

But our esteemed chairman of the ACC has a different reaction, which is not surprising:

“If we had to listen to such statements, everything would have worked as per the words of a driver or a chaprashi (orderly),” said ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahman brushing aside Azam’s statement.

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Not all dog would run and jump after the treat — but does it matter?


Awami League political stalwart Tofael Ahmed and center left political icon Rashed Khan Menon declined a recent offer to be ministers for the last year of Awami League Government. Although some media reporting were laced with a strong element of surprise, there in fact should not be any surprise in this decision.

For Tofael and Menon, the decision was very easy. Although they risked alienating the all powerful elected dictator of the country — Sheikh Hasina and they made their re-election process a tad difficult — they earned much more long term dividends with this decision. First,they know very clearly that being a minister does not guarantee or even facilitate re-election if a fair election is allowed to happen under an anti-incumbency wave.

And then, As the current trend goes, i.e. it is very stylish to curse two major political party leaders and demand a 3rd political ( or even non political force) — Tofael and Menon just earned bumper scores in their resume to be considered for a any future 3rd ( political or non political) force front leader job. And in a phenomenon of reciprocity, while Tofael- Menon gain 3rd force credibility, 3rd force also gains traction with more credible 3rd force leadership contenders.

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